The Hilarious Animation of Don Hertzfeldt

Don Hertzfeldt has been creating hilarious animated films for over a decade. At one of Nik and Nancy Phelps’ Ideas in Animation screenings I remember seeing Don’s fantastic Oscar nominated series of shorts “Rejected”, which he had created for the Family Learning Channel, which they rejected and never aired.

In the spring of 1999, the Family Learning Channel commissioned animator
Don Hertzfeldt to produce promotional segments for their network.
The cartoons were completed in five weeks.
The Family Learning Channel rejected all of them upon review,
and they were never aired…

Bitter Films: Volume 1

“Rejected” and several of his other animated films, including “The Meaning of Life” are included on his DVD “Bitter Films: Volume 1”.


Recently Don teamed up with Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill & Office Space) to put together The Animation Show, an touring animation festival that is making its way around the US and Canada through June. Here are Don’s opening, intermission and closing animations from a previous tour: